Zhang Dejiang dismisses baseless claims of turning Hong Kong into mainland city

Local | 18 May 2016 11:02 pm

State leader Zhang Dejiang rejected suggestions that Hong Kong will be transformed into yet another city in the mainland and also drew parallels between localists and separatists.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress was speaking tonight at a banquet held in his honor on the second day of his visit to Hong Kong.

He addressed more than 400 invitees at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in heavily-guarded Wan Chai.

Principal Officials, non-official members of the Executive Council, Legislative Council Members, local dignitaries, consuls-general and representatives from various sectors of the community, were among those in attendance.

He was welcomed by the Chief Executive, Leung Chun-ying.

Zhang remarked that the so-called “mainlandization’’ and a divergence from one country, two systems to one country, one system was “completely groundless.’’

He noted that a minority was rejecting one country and resisting Beijing and also advocating independence for Hong Kong.

Zhang said this was not localism, “but it's separatism under the name of localism.''

He reiterated that Beijing will unswervingly implement the principles of one country, two systems, and Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong with a high degree of autonomy.

Zhang added that Beijing will continue to support Hong Kong in administering the city according to the law, and carrying out mutually beneficial cooperation with the mainland.—The Standard

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